The initial press conference at World Pork Expo 2016 featured National Pork Producers Council President John Weber discussing the Waters Of The U.S. regulation. Also, NPPC Vice President Jim Heimerl provided an overview of the status of the Packer Ban regs and the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) status.
Pit Foam and Producer Safety Leon Sheets, Iowa Pork Producers, shares what needs to be done to make sure safety is first for pit foam activity. Mr. Sheets emphasis training staff, understanding the process of how pit foam accidents happen, and what needs to be done to improve safety [video].
If PORK Academy isn't on your 'must see' list at World Pork Expo this year, you should check out the program. National Pork Board's Assistance Vice-President of Communications, Cindy Cunningham provides this overview of hot topics and more.
Swine Antibiotic Stewardship Dr. Jennifer Koeman, Director, Producer and Public Health, National Pork Board, shares the ideas behind the "Nexus of Farming, Food and Public Health" as part of the stewardship of antibiotic use in pork farming. Dr. Koeman shares the antibiotic education, research, and communication that the National Pork Board is developing to help swine pork farmers. Key closing thought from Dr. Koeman is pork producers support the science-based principles to develop guidelines on antibiotic use having professional veterinary input for antibiotic use guidance [video].
General Session Speakers Take On Antibiotic Questions Dr. Chris Braden, Dr. Thomas Shryock, Dr. Robert Tauxe, and Dr. Mike Apley participate in a panel discussion on antibiotics from a variety of angles. Some of the panel questions address goals of the Presidential Advisory Commission plus some of the differences in agriculture use of antibiotics [video].
Understanding Incentives for Livestock Biosecurity Investments & Efforts Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, highlights how the thinking of economics of biosecurity plays out in swine producer decision making. Key message: lack of knowledge is likely NOT sole reason for partial implementation of recommended biosecurity measures. Many business look at trade-offs and incentives for action [video].
A Perspective from the Feed Industry Mr. Gary Huddleston, Manager, Feed Manufacturing Safety & Environmental Affairs, American Feed Industry Association, helps explain the impacts of the Veterinary Feed Directive to the livestock feed businesses. Mr. Huddleston runs through the details on documentation and processes that must be put in place to be compliant with the regulations. Key message: work with all your service providers and suppliers to insure they are informed and prepared before January 1, 2017 [video].